November 16, 2014 (GMN) -Thanks to the rare species not found elsewhere in the country, Gambella National Park is really worth a visit. Located in the Gambela Region on the river Openo/Baro, the park was established primarily to protect two species of endangered wetland antelopes: the White-eared kob and the Nile Lechwe.

Other wildlife reported as living in the park includes populations of elephant, African Buffalo, lion, roan antelope, tiang, Lelwel Hartebeest, olive baboon, and guereza monkey. Several birds only found in this area include the shoebill stork, the Uelle Paradise Whydah, and the Red-throated and Green Bee-eaters.

From 1902 until it was captured by the Italians in the Second World War, the park was administered by the British. 

Attractions in Gambella National Park

Wildlife that you may spot here includes Nile perch, crocodiles, hippos, buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck, Roan antelope, zebra, bushbuck, Abyssinian reedbuck, warthog, hartebeest, hyena, lion, and elephant, as well as numerous bird species.

Activities in Gambella National Park

Join a guided safari in the park.


Relax by birdwatching or spotting all manner of wildlife.

Getting Around

The best way to get around is by four-wheel drive vehicle but to get to the park there are buses from Addis Ababa.

Gambella National Park Reviews



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